Looking for the Best Christmas Large Outdoor Nativity Sets for Your Yard?

christmas outdoor nativity setsThere is something about Christmas large outdoor nativity sets. We have got a small nativity scene for our living room intended for the children to go with a special book of stories I got my older son last year.

There is a story for every day of the Advent and every day he can add one figure to the special place dedicated to the nativity scene. And then we have a medium one for the outside front yard.

Now I want a really large one to make our yard special for the season. Unfortunately, in my part of the world these things cannot be got in regular retail stores so I decided to go to  Amazon because they have everything and the prices are good, too.

Christmas large outdoor nativity sets come in all shapes and colours and different materials. I even found some that are lighted.

They all have several things in common. They are between 40-60 inches tall and are made of heavy duty PVC in order to survive the harsh conditions that may reign outdoor. Besides the usual characters of the Holy Family, you can also get the shepherds and various animals.

Outdoor Nativity Store Classic Outdoor Nativity Set - Full Yard Scene (Large)Outdoor Nativity Store Classic Outdoor Nativity Set – Full Yard Scene (Large)

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My two boys are going to be ecstatic when they find out that I am getting one of the Christmas large outdoor nativity sets. The younger one especially because he is at that age when they love playing with figurines of animals and people and he has got this farm set he loves very much. I will have to get one with sheep and a cow at least :-).

Our front yard is covered with stones of various sizes and my husband planted evergreens in between strategically. The Christmas outdoor nativity scene will look very nice there. And I definitely plan to add some nice lighting to set it off at night.

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Christmas large outdoor nativity sets are a commitment in a way. When you get them you should use them every year. They are beautiful and deserve it. I am fortunate in that we have a large back yard so I can alternate where I put mine.

I found several that I like. They can be combined together and I can also buy more figures if I want to. Some look modern but I will probably go for a combination of modern and classic. What are your thoughts? Do you have a large nativity scene?

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South Moravian Christmas Live Nativity Scene

You may have noticed from my other post that I am from the Czech Republic. The tradition that I am going to tell you about this time is not so frequent but still quite common and very very popular. Everyone loves it, the big and the small. What am I talking about? The Christmas live nativity scene like the one below, of course.

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My town, although on the bigger size, does not host one. However, a village nearby has made it a local tradition to have a Christmas live nativity scene every year. I do not have any pictures but I did find a nice short video to let you see what it looks like because it is quite specific to the region, where I come from.

Moravian type of national costume

I come from South Moravia in the Czech Republic. This region is specific in that people love folklore and all traditions connected.

They love to sing, dance, wear the national costumes and so on. By the way, the Moravian national costumes are totally different from the Bohemian ones and I am not even counting in the hundreds of local village variations lol.

And why am I ranting about the national costumes in a Christmasy blog post? Because in my part of the world, all those people that participate in a Christmas live nativity scene do so in the national costume. And it looks beautiful.

The brass music plays, there is a little baby in the crib with its parents – usually a young local family with a new baby come to the world, and lots of locals performing as the three kings, shepherds and all manner of craftspeople. They all freeze but still love it.

Bohemian type of national costume

Bohemian type of national costume

Usually, there are stalls where you can get hot drinks and sweets or typical local pastries. Women´s, men´s and children´s choruses sing carrols and folklore songs. Everyone takes pictures and there are sheep, lambs, a cow and a donkey for the youngest visitors to admire. It is a nice time to spend out with family.

In the video below, you will be able to see what such a Christmas live nativity scene looks like in a nearby village called Hroznová Lhota. There is a little bit of everything, from the music to the Holy family.

Enjoy and let me know if you also have a tradition like this in the comments. And by the way, that really is a baby that Mary is holding. No prop :-).

Get Some Glittery Disco Ball Christmas Ornaments!

Disco-Ball-Christmas-OrnamentsToday I found these disco ball Christmas ornaments. They share one thing and that is the dico ball theme. To be frank, I had no idea somehing like this existed.

They are all under $15 at the moment and the price depends on their size and how many pieces there are in the set. All in all, they are a good deal to get.

I love how they transform the Christmas tree to a party accessory. And let´s face it. Christmas is a great party time with family and also with friends. The disco ball Christmas ornaments just add that touch of party athmosphere.

These disco ball Christmas ornaments do not necessarily have to be used on the Christmas tree as such. Personally, every year I choose a bigish pine branch or two or more if needed and arrange them in a vase.

I have several of these placed strategically throughout the house and they need decorating, too. You see? Voila… here come the disco ball Christmas ornaments. Simple, easy and nice to look at.

My favourite is the colourful pack. I love bright colurs but they would look well mixed up with the neutral silvery ones, too!

Darice 6-Piece Mirror Ornament Ball, 2.25-Inch, SilverDarice 6-Piece Mirror Ornament Ball, 2.25-Inch, SilverYerwal 6pcs Disco Mirror Glass Ball Christmas Ball Xmas Tree Ornament Decoration with Cosmos Fastening Strap (Medium Multi color)Yerwal 6pcs Disco Mirror Glass Ball Christmas Ball Xmas Tree Ornament Decoration with Cosmos Fastening Strap (Medium Multi color)Mini 7/8Mini 7/8″ Mirrored “Disco Ball” Ornaments – Total of 32 (2 Packages of 16)

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Red Christmas Tree Toppers – Making the Choice

red-christmas-tree-toppersRed Christmas tree toppers are a classic and in my opinion they are beautiful. I like that the colour is nice and bright against the green needles of the Christmas tree.

I have had a red finial Christmas tree topper for ages but last year my younger son managed to break it. Since he was only 10 months old though he was quickly forgiven :-). Now I am on the hunt for a new one and the choice is huge.

I can pick a finial one again but there are also other types of red christmas tree toppers.

There are the star christmas tree toppers, angel christmas tree toppers, Disney and Swarovski Christmas tree toppers, animal, bow and lighted Christmas tree toppers. And many many others.

Below you will find a selection of red finial Christmas tree toppers.

 

“Snowy Pattern” Glass Christmas Tree Topper (red).“Sapphire” Glass Christmas Tree Topper (red, glossy).Inge Glas CHRISTMAS DAZZLE TREE TOPPER Reflector Finial Free Standing 113616Inge Glas CHRISTMAS DAZZLE TREE TOPPER Reflector Finial Free Standing 113616“Crystal” Red Glass Christmas Tree Topper“Grace” Red Glass Christmas Tree Topper.“Angela” Glass Christmas Tree Topper (glossy red)

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History repeats

My mom is also partial to red and they have had their red Christmas tree topper for ages. They used to have a silver one but, and that´s funny, it got smashed by myself when I was putting the decorations into boxes for next year. Well, such is life. Their topper is also of the finial type and I think that for the Czech Republic it is quite typical.

Let´s ponder about the red Christmas tree toppers some more. When I see the finial ones, I see tradition. We have always had one of that type so they represent tradition and family to me.

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Little helpers

However, I also like the star christmas tree toppers and angel christmas tree toppers. The star, as in the Star of Bethlehem is a beautiful Christmas symbol on its own. Not to speak of angels. I could probably get all three types and just rotate them but maybe the children will help.

Yes, that is what I am going to do. I will show them my finds and let them pick the one they like best. It will be a nice time together and they will be proud they could help.

Below are some red Christmas tree toppers that I really like but I did not limit myself to the red colour only. I included different variants so that the choice is bigger.

Star Christmas tree toppers

Awtang Red Christmas Tree Top Topper Star Xmas Decorative OrnamentAwtang Red Christmas Tree Top Topper Star Xmas Decorative Ornament1212″ Moravian Star Christmas Tree Topper or Porch Light by Elf LogicKurt Adler Color-Changing LED Star Treetop, 8.5-InchKurt Adler Color-Changing LED Star Treetop, 8.5-Inch88″ Lighted Red Cut-Out Design Decorative Star Christmas Tree Topper – Clear LightsNICEXMAS Christmas Tree Toppers Star Treasures Glittered Decoration Ornament, 9 inch (Gold) (9inch, Red)NICEXMAS Christmas Tree Toppers Star Treasures Glittered Decoration Ornament, 9 inch (Gold) (9inch, Red)Kurt Adler 10 Light Indoor Rattan Natural Star TreetopKurt Adler 10 Light Indoor Rattan Natural Star Treetop1111″ Lighted Capiz Silver Sunburst Star Christmas Tree Topper – Clear Lights

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Angel Christmas tree toppers

11 Inch Tall Stained Glass Look Gold Metal Lighted Angel Tree Topper11 Inch Tall Stained Glass Look Gold Metal Lighted Angel Tree TopperKurt Adler Illuminated Angel TreetopKurt Adler Illuminated Angel TreetopSinamay Tree Topper AngelSinamay Tree Topper AngelKurt Adler 10-Light Capiz Angel Treetop with Vines and Pearls, 9.75-InchKurt Adler 10-Light Capiz Angel Treetop with Vines and Pearls, 9.75-InchKurt Adler UL 10-Light African American Angel Christmas Treetop Figurine, 13-Inch, GoldKurt Adler UL 10-Light African American Angel Christmas Treetop Figurine, 13-Inch, GoldChristmas Tree Top Angel, Color-Changing LED, 6-LightChristmas Tree Top Angel, Color-Changing LED, 6-LightKatherine's Collection Christmas Journey Angel Tree TopperKatherine’s Collection Christmas Journey Angel Tree Topper

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Disney and Swarovski Christmas tree toppers

Disney Resort Exclusive - 2014 Lighted Tinker Bell Tree Topper - NewDisney Resort Exclusive – 2014 Lighted Tinker Bell Tree Topper – NewMickey and Minnie Mouse Christmas Tree TopperMickey and Minnie Mouse Christmas Tree TopperDisney Store Christmas Tinkerbell Tree Topper 10Disney Store Christmas Tinkerbell Tree Topper 10″ Lights up Tinker BellDisney Mickey and Minnie Mouse Light-Up Tree TopperDisney Mickey and Minnie Mouse Light-Up Tree TopperSwarovski Christmas Star Tree TopperSwarovski Christmas Star Tree TopperSwarovski Christmas Tree, ChrysoliteSwarovski Christmas Tree, ChrysoliteSWAROVSKI Rockefeller Center Tree Topper Shining Star 843215SWAROVSKI Rockefeller Center Tree Topper Shining Star 843215Gold Tree Topper, Swarovski, 632785Gold Tree Topper, Swarovski, 632785

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Three Christmas Themed Molds for Under $8 Each

 christmas tree baking mold Today I was browsing online for fun and came across these three Christmas themed molds. They are for baking, ice cubes freezing and making your own chocolates or gummy sweets.

I do have different baking molds but I am sorely tempted by that chocolate making one. You see, chocolate making is the one thing I have never tried but would love to.

And the one time I tried to make gummy bonbons, the results were not exactly spectacular :-).

Oh, and I also love the way the ice cubes can be made into moose shapes. It never ceases to amaze me what one can get online. Think Christmas spices sangria with moose ice cubes! Yummy!

Each of these is priced at less than $8 at the moment and that´s great because they beg one to try them out.

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The two molds for baking and chocolates would be great for any Christmas project with kids. My son loves to help me make muffin batter and I bet making chocolates would make me the best mom in the world all over again :-D.

In our family, he is known to sample any kind of batter or dough. If he likes it, he keeps returning and stealing from the preparation bowl. The little rascal :-).

My personal favourite is the chocolate making mold. However, the ice cube one comes close by. A difficult choice to make among Christmas themed molds :-). I may get them both perhaps.

Holiday Christmas Tree Muffin, Brownie, Cornbread, Cheesecake, Pudding, Jello Shot and Soap MoldHoliday Christmas Tree Muffin, Brownie, Cornbread, Cheesecake, Pudding, Jello Shot and Soap MoldChristmas Vacation Moose Ice Cube Tray, ClearChristmas Vacation Moose Ice Cube Tray, ClearChristmas Tree, Ornament and Star Chocolate, Candy and Gummy MoldChristmas Tree, Ornament and Star Chocolate, Candy and Gummy Mold

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Our Czech Family Christmas Traditions

My family is kind of small , only my two boys and my husband, even so the preparation for Christmas time can be very intense :-). There is the ultimate Christmas cleaning to be done, baking, and decorating the house and front garden.And lots of other small things that I have forgotten to write about. So what are OUR Czech family Christmas traditions (or should I say MY)?

Window decorating

printable-christmas-window-stencilsThe first thing we usually do, and by “we” I mean myself and my older son, is decorate the windows with printable christmas window stencils. Last year we had those in the picture but this year we will probably pick different ones. We did have these the past 2 years :-).

One must first find a nice design. Then you print it off and then the nightmare starts. The boy wants to do the cutting but that cannot be allowed because his cutting skills are sort of not that good :-). In the end I usually let him help with glueing the cutouts onto the windows and he is happy. Oh, this year it will be worse because the 18 months old will want to help, too, lol.

I should not forget to mention that before any window decorating the windows need to be cleaned. Not a pleasant chore but expected.

Baking Christmas pastry

Another tradition is baking Christmas cookies and sweets of any type. Baking Christmas swetmeats is a big Czech thing. In my parents´generation every mom tried to bake as many kinds of Christmas sweets as possible – on average 10-20 types were pretty much the norm. Can you imagine the hoards of cookies and stuff the families had to eat through? Every batch yielded like 30-60 pieces lol.

I do not bake that much. I would love to but nobody would eat it. The kids are small and eat a czech-gingerbread-cookiespiece here and a piece there, and the husband does not eat anything. That´s why I make 3-4 types of Christmas sweet and salty pastry stuff and that´s it. That´s the safe amount to bake for us.

When at grandparents´ my older son loves to help grandma the Christmas gingerbread cookies. There are many special recipes, ours is with honey so that they are immediately soft and edible. Some recipes require the cookies to be made a month in advance in order to soften up.  After they are baked, the kiddies get to decorate them. Biiiig fun. When they are done, they get devided among the family and let me tell you, they do not last long!

About a month before Christmas I take out a Christmas wreath made by my dad and fasten it on our driveway door. I always plan to get a new larger one but so far I have always forgotten. Life simply gets ahead :-).

pretty-decorated-christmas-treesOn the day of the Christmas Eve we take our older son to the grandparents and leave him there for a while. In the meantime we decorate our artificial Christmas tree at home. Yes, we do have an artificial tree. The kiddies are small and if it gets broken or something we will not feel that sorry. It is also impossible for them to get pricked by the needles. When they get a bit older we will get a real tree, either a pine or a spruce.

When the older one comes back from grandma´s and granpa´s, the tree is ready. My husband tells him that little baby Jesus brought it. I told the husband this was not a good idea but he adamantly insists that this is, again, one of our Czech family Christmas traditions. I wonder what he will say when David gets older and will not believe him any more. I much prefer the way we used to do the decorating back at home – the whole family together on Christmas morning.

Food

These chocolate figures, not only Santa look alikes, are typical for the Czech Republic. They are actually made in a chocolate factory about 30 km away from our town.

These chocolate figures, not only Santa look alikes, are typical for the Czech Republic. They are actually made in a chocolate factory about 30 km away from our town.

Around 5 pm is Christmas Eve dinner time. In the Czech Republic we celebrate Christmas Eve, i.e. the 24th of December as opposed to the English speaking countries. Those celebrate the 25th of December as Christmas Day.

The traditional Czech dinner consists of a soup course (can be fish soup but every region / village have their own tradition here) – in our case bean soup and roux based noodle soup, a fried carp and potato salad course and a sweets course. The sweets are usually traditional home baked pastries, gingerbread cookies etc. Those who dislike carp, like me, either prepare a different fish (that is what I do) or disregard the “no meat on Christmas Eve” tradition and prepare a schnitzel.

Oh, I almost forgot another one of our Czech family Christmas traditions. It is related to food kind of. The adults of the family are expected to fast to celebrate the coming birth of Jesus. Children can fast, too, and if they manage to fast long enough they get to see the “golden piggy”.

Presents

After dinner, it´s presents time :-). We put the presents under the tree secretly when the kids are not at home and the living room with the tree is then locked. It is that way in order “not to disturb Baby Jesus when he brings the presents”.

When the presents time actually comes, my husband rings a bell to let them know the Baby Jesus has been to our home and probably has left some presents for them. You can imagine what happens next. I realy am looking forward to this year´s Christmas because my younger one will for the first time experience and kind of better enjoy this part of the day.

Christmas fairy tale

After opening up all the presents, our family usually plays with them and at 7 pm we switch on the TV for the Christmas fairy tale. This is a special Czech TV  tradition. Every year they shoot a new fairy tale specially and only for that one day of the year. I personally love it and look forward to it. I feel like a kid myself again :-). Besides, the TV program is full of older and popular fairy tales the whole day. Yep. Fairy tales are big in the Czech Republic and another one of our Czech family Christmas traditions.

After the fairy tale it is bed time because the next day we go to the grandparents, either mine or my husband´s. We rotate the visits as they are a whole day affair. However, when the kids get older, we will go to church for a special celebratory Christmas mass. Right now, the Christmas day mass has to do.

That´s it. Those are our Czech family Christmas traditions.

Large Christmas Wreath Outdoor

Large Christmas Wreath OutdoorI have long wanted a large Christmas wreath outdoor but I must confess that I do not have yet got one. Something always keeps popping up and I forget to get one. At the end I go and pin up the smallish one I keep stored for the “just in case” occasion.

I bet though that a large Christmas wreath outdoor is just the thing my sister would want for her new house. She has been working on her front yard garden the whole summer to make it look nice.

And no wonder since there has only been soil for the better part of the year with grass and flowers growing slowly. Gardening can be tough but the rewards are great!

If I had one, I would put it up our front driveway door. I would probably need help since the door is rather wide and the wreath needs to be centered in order to look good. My son would love helping for sure :-).

Having just one large Christmas wreath outdoor would probably not be enough for me. I am a hoarder and besides I love changing things up. This way I could just go and make the switch. Thinking of it now, if something got broken a spare always comes in handy, right?

National Tree Norwood Fir Wreath with 200 Clear UL-Lights, 48-InchNational Tree Norwood Fir Wreath with 200 Clear UL-Lights, 48-Inch

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I love how the red berries and bows combined with the pine cones look against the green of the needles. I am also partial to anything tartan so it would be decisions, decisions for me. Gosh, it is decisions, decisions lol. And then those tiny LED lights. White or colofoul?

What else could I do with a large pre lit christmas wreath?

I could also just put a large pre lit christmas wreath on the ground in our front yard garden. We do not have grass like the usual gardens do. We have a kind of a stones bed with different evergreen trees mixed in. A large wreath would look really pretty among them.

I did a bit of searching around online to find a couple that are available this year and look just the way I like. Berries, pine cones and lovely tartan bows. They even have LED lights to brighten them up.

30 in. Battery Operated Frosted Mercury Artificial Wreath with 50 Clear LED Lights30 in. Battery Operated Frosted Mercury Artificial Wreath with 50 Clear LED Lights

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They are pretty large, which is great and although they are artificial one would not recognize it at first glance. They even fooled me into thinking how I could keep them for next year before I realized there was no need to.

I do love to expand my collection of Christmas decorations and since there is still time, I put these to my “get for Christmas” list. That way I will not forget to get them when the time is right.

My favourite is the one with the golden red striped bows, red berries and goden holly leaves. It looks really natural and kind of Christmasy to me.

36 in. Battery Operated Plaza Artificial Wreath with 50 Clear LED Lights36 in. Battery Operated Plaza Artificial Wreath with 50 Clear LED Lights48 in. Winslow Artificial Wreath with 120 Clear Lights48 in. Winslow Artificial Wreath with 120 Clear LightsHome Accents Holiday 32 in. Pre-Lit Woodland Tales Artificial Christmas Wreath with Plaid Ribbon, 50 Battery-Operated Warm White LEDHome Accents Holiday 32 in. Pre-Lit Woodland Tales Artificial Christmas Wreath with Plaid Ribbon, 50 Battery-Operated Warm White LED4 Foot Multi-Color L.E.D. Christmas Wreath4 Foot Multi-Color L.E.D. Christmas Wreath

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Extra large christmas wreaths

Below you will find a selection of extra large christmas wreaths. They are all 60″ in diameter with lovely LED lights. Let your imagination run wild with all the possibilities of how you could use them.

60 60 ” Beautiful Wreath 400 Pre Lit Clear Lights Red Bows, Pinecones Ornaments Indoor OutdoorNational Tree 60National Tree 60″ Norwood Fir Wreath with 300 Clear Lights (NF-60WLO)National Tree Wintry Pine Wreath with Cones, Red Berries and Snowflakes, 60-Inch, 300 Clear LightsNational Tree Wintry Pine Wreath with Cones, Red Berries and Snowflakes, 60-Inch, 300 Clear Lights6060″ Oregon Fir LED Wreath, 200 Warm White LED Lights6060″ Pre-Lit Commercial Canadian Pine Artificial Christmas Wreath – Clear LightsVickerman Clear Dura-lit Lights Frosted Bellevue Alpine Artificial Christmas Wreath, 60-InchVickerman Clear Dura-lit Lights Frosted Bellevue Alpine Artificial Christmas Wreath, 60-InchVickerman Cheyenne Wreath with Dura-Lit 200 Clear Lights, 60-InchVickerman Cheyenne Wreath with Dura-Lit 200 Clear Lights, 60-InchVickerman Cashmere Pine Green Wreath with 200 Warm White Italian LED, 60-InchVickerman Cashmere Pine Green Wreath with 200 Warm White Italian LED, 60-Inch6060″ Pre-Lit Mixed Country Pine Commercial Christmas Wreath – Clear Dura Lights6060″ Nisswa Berry Pine w/Pine Cones Commercial Christmas Wreath – Unlit

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